A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 06, 2006
“Glorifying the American Girl” (Ziegfeld Follies)
"Glorifying the American Girl" was the slogan of the Ziegfeld Follies (1907-1931).

were a series of elaborate theatrical productions on Broadway in New York City from 1907 through 1931.

Inspired by the Folies Bergères of Paris, and reportedly suggested to Ziegfeld by his wife, entertainer Anna Held, the Ziegfeld Follies were conceived and mounted by Florenz Ziegfeld. The actual producers of the show were turn-of-the-century producing titans Klaw and Erlanger.

The Follies were lavish revues, something in between later Broadway shows and a more elaborate high class Vaudeville variety show.

Plot Summary for
Glorifying the American Girl (1929)
Gloria, Barbara and Buddy are working at the sheet music counter in a New York department store. On a trip of the whole store, Gloria, who's in love with Buddy, is spotted by vaudeville hoofer Miller, whom his partner Mooney, like her predecessors, has just left. Miller tours with Gloria and both are spotted by Ziegfeld's talent scouts, just before they were splitting up, leaving Gloria with a contract giving Miller a part of her earnings in the next few years. Gloria becomes the star of a new Ziegfeld production, but Barbara, who has been pining for buddy for quite a while, seems to have more luck with him.

Summary written by Stephan Eichenberg {eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de}

11 June 1922, Los Angeles Times, pg. III31:
Summer is definitely here, for Florenz Ziegfeld has produced his Follies of 1922, his sixteenth annual "National Institution Glorifying the American Girl," as he terms it.

Posted by Barry Popik
Work/Businesses • Monday, February 06, 2006 • Permalink

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